Military/Veteran Transitionnews for 3/3/14

Military transition and veterans affairs news of the day for 3/3/14

Good news story of the day

Marines confront stigma of post-traumatic stress  (Marine Corps Times)  A staff noncommissioned officer whose angry tirade on a reality TV show made gossip site headlines around the country is reaching out for help with his post-traumatic stress. Now he is encouraging other Marines who are struggling to do the same.

Military Transition

Chase donation boosts USF veterans’ services  (Tampa Bay Online)  The University of South Florida has earned another feather in its veteran-friendly cap, landing $235,750 of a $1 million national commitment to vets’ education by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Oil industry courts veterans  (Minot Daily News)  With the recent announcement by the the U.S. Defense Department that major cuts to the defense budget will drastically decrease active troop numbers, a lot of veterans will be looking to transition back into civilian life into a country that still has economic troubles.

Prudential PenFed helps military enter real estate industry  (Courier Journal)  A new program is being offered that will help retired veterans and their spouses, and active-duty men and women as they leave the military, begin a career in real estate.

Army, Guard Prep To Battle Over People, Planes  (Defense News)  In the week between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s unveiling of the broad
outlines of the Pentagon’s 2015 budget request and the full rollout of the numbers on March 4, the Army’s chief of staff was largely out of the country.

WVU offering new services to student veterans  (SFGate)  West Virginia University’s veteran population is pretty substantial. More than 1,000 veterans attend the school.

Veterans

Jobs bill for disabled vets ‘about saving lives,’ leaders say at forum  (The Journal News)  Veterans and elected officials gathered at a forum Saturday to rally support for state legislation that would give a boost to businesses owned by disabled veterans.

Veterans services guidance offered  (New Castle News)  Two subjects will be covered Friday at a veterans benefits seminar.

Baird-sponsored bill creating Second Service for Veterans program passes State Senate  (Banner Graphic)  Legislation creating the Second Service for Veterans program has passed unanimously out of both the Indiana House and Senate.

Runners travel over 200 miles to raise money for soldiers hurt in combat  (WRDW.com)  Sunday a group of runners finished a 4-day sprint taking them from Fort Benning to Fort Gordon.

2nd Annual NEK Veterans Summit at Lyndon State College  (VtDigger.com)  The Lyndon State College Veterans Club, in partnership with the LSC Veterans Student Support Committee and other veteran service organizations, will be hosting the 2nd Annual NEK Veterans Summit at the college on Saturday, March 15.

Roundtable in Carmel Focuses on Improving Business Prospects for NYS Veterans  (Hudson Valley Reporter)  Dozens of veterans attended a roundtable Saturday morning at the Carmel Town Hall with the goal of helping New York State vets find employment or start their own business.

Veterans Affairs

Tennessee Veterans Homes among the best in U.S. News and World Report rankings  (Clarksville Online)  Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder joins the Tennessee State Veterans Homes (TSVH) Board in celebrating the announcement from U.S. News & World Report 2014 which names the Tennessee State Veterans Homes in Knoxville and Murfreesboro among the best in the country.

Family, military’s impact in state motivate official  (The News Tribune)  Washington state’s first military affairs director, Kristine Reeves, knows she can’t stop the Pentagon budget cuts that will soon ripple across the country.

Holland man charged with fraud over VA benefits, workers’ compensation  (The Buffalo News)  A Holland man has been charged with receiving benefits from the Veterans Administration and workers’ compensation under false pretenses, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced.

Military: Delaware veterans still experiencing service delays  (Delaware Online)  Delaware veterans seeking compensation for service-related injuries or illnesses are getting pushed to the back of the line as older claims from larger service centers keep getting transferred to Wilmington.

Report: New Evidence That The VA Deleted Necessary Medical Requests From Veterans  (Fox News)  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) deleted veteran medical records despite its claim to the contrary, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller.

RGJ Investigates: Reno VA office ranks worst in nation for processing veterans’ claims  (RGJ.com)  Since Sgt. Michael Alarcon was discharged from active duty with the Nevada Army National Guard last summer, his life has turned into a purgatory of paperwork and despair.

Benefits

Pentagon cuts have military families on high alert  (Fox News)  For Pamela Willoughby, word of the Pentagon’s plan to shrink the U.S. Army to its smallest size in decades felt like a kick in the stomach.

Local businesses, bases hope to withstand military budget cuts  (News Observer)  Growing fruits and vegetables on 200 acres of Lenoir County land is sometimes a hard way to make a living.

Texas Veterans Benefits Make Up for Proposed Cuts to Federal Benefits  (The Forney Post)  Move to Texas — that’s the message Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has for veterans across the nation worried about proposed cuts to federal veterans benefits.

Sen. Mitch McConnell accuses Harrry Reid of “playing politics” with veterans  (Examiner.com)  Last Thursday, Senate Republicans criticized Democrats for blocking an effort by Republicans to expand veteran’s benefits with a $21 billion bill. 

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